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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
When it comes to ballpark promotions, we always look to the minor leagues for next-level creativity and potential new trends.
While we're not yet sure if this is a trendsetter, we know with certainty it falls under the category of innovative. The Tampa Yankees — Class A Advanced affiliate of the New York Yankees — will be giving away Brett Gardner bobble-leg dolls at Steinbrenner Field on Sept. 5.
Yes, you read that correctly. A bobble-leg doll.
Take a look.
At first you may have thought that meant the head is stationary and the legs do the bobbling. That would be incorrect. The head bobbles and the legs bobble too, giving fans twice the bobble.
What a STEAL of a deal for the first 500 fans to walk through the gates on Saturday.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
When we're looking back at how the NL West was won in 2015, chances are we'll be talking about the just completed three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
At several points this season, it looked as though the Dodgers were poised to lose their grip and allow the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants to overtake them. That never happened, and now they have complete control again after sweeping the Giants out of town.
The Dodgers completed the task behind Clayton Kershaw. Their star left-hander was on point in Wednesday's 2-1 victory, going the distance and striking out 15.Thu, Sep 38:40 PM EDTSan Francisco at ColoradoPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Baltimore Orioles were in a season-altering slump coming in to Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
After losing 12 out of 13, the defending American League East champions have all but officially removed themselves from playoffs contention.
It's a disappointing reality to be sure, especially considering there were realistic expectations that they could repeat in a wide open division. With that in mind, it would be difficult to blame fans in Baltimore if they were feeling apathetic. In some cases, it might even render them sluggish or outright bored, to the point that they'd fall asleep in the bleachers at Orioles Park at Camden Yards.
At least that appeared to be the case for one fan during Wednesday's game. He was spotted sprawled out over several seats in right-center during the 11th inning, but he received the ultimate wake up call from Chris Davis.
Hey bro, it's time to get up and celebrate. The Orioles just won a baseball game!
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
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Spending a few hours at a major-league ballpark brings many layers of excitement and anticipation. There's the baseball game itself, the players, the atmosphere and the scenery, just to name a few of the more appealing attractions.
Of course, there's also the delicious ballpark food. It doesn't matter if you're going for the biggest and best item on the menu, or a mid-game snack like popcorn or nachos and cheese, that's all part of what we look forward to.
Unless this happens.
All together, in slow motion.
This unfortunate incident happened during Tuesday's game in San Diego. The poor unsuspecting Rangers fan was not ready for that foul ball off the bat of Will Venable. He was also not aware that baseballs do have eyes and appetites, and don't mind going out of their way to disrupt a meal.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The New York Mets season has been filled with memorable moments, both thrilling and unique.
On Wednesday, they added one that fits under both categories when Ruben Tejada raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Of course, inside-the-park home runs are always thrilling because of the drama involved. There's a race going on as the runner flies around the bases and the fielders chase down the ball, hoping to relay it back to the infield in time. In this case though, the circumstances were definitely unique as Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown actually tumbled over the wall down the right field line, allowing Tejada to get a major head start.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Light a candle and pray to the baseball gods, because Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman claimed another victim Wednesday.
This time, it was Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez. With two men, Baez was called upon to hit against Chapman. He represented the possible tying run. After spending most of this season in the minors, this was Baez's first big opportunity to prove himself in the majors this year.
He may have been a little overexcited. Knowing a fastball was likely on a 3-1 count, Baez nearly swung out of his shoes to hit it out of the park. The momentum and speed of his bat were so much that Baez immediately fell to the ground following his swing.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
As The Stew's Chis Cwik wrote earlier on Wednesday,the New York Mets are being very cautious when it comes to handling their young pitchers.
They've already skipped Matt Harvey once in August. They have designs on skipping rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard this weekend. And they also fully intend on returning to a six-man rotation with the return of Steven Matz.
Those are all protective measures instituted to limit the innings on their young arms. With Harvey, though, it's proving to be a little more complicated as doctors have advised the Mets to limit his innings to 180.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Baseball's getting fun. The games matter more. The tacticians are under more scrutiny. We're watching the standings closer. The dog days are done and we're getting down to the good stuff. Ah yes, September.
So on this week's StewPod, we're talking about the major September storylines in MLB and making predictions about what's going to happen. Will Matt Williams survive with his job? Will the San Francisco Giants make the postseason? Will the Los Angeles Dodgers put it all together finally? Will the Texas Rangers actually make the playoffs? We hit on all that and much more in this week's podcast.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams. The New York Mets have surged into first place, while Williams' Nationals haven't been able to keep up.
As a result of the team's recent slide, Williams' moves in the dugout have come under more scrutiny. Things nearly boiled over Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
There were a few moments during the contest when fans criticized Williams, but the biggest criticism came in the ninth inning. With the game tied, Williams opted to go with Casey Janssen over Jonathan Papelbon. Janssen had thrown 26 pitches the previous day, and didn't perform particularly well, giving up four runs. Papelbon, on the other hand, was fresh, and has been the better option all season.
Going with Janssen turned out to be the wrong decision. The reliever gave up a three-run walk-off homer to Brandon Moss in the bottom of the inning, giving the Cardinals an 8-5 win.
This, of course, did not go over well with the fans. If they were in charge, it's clear Williams would no longer be running this team.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
You might not believe us, but we here at The Stew have acquired a time machine. Allow us to take you on a journey, all the way back to the year 2013.
You're sitting in an establishment debating baseball with your friends. The topic of no-hitters comes up. Since it's a fun game, you decide to ask your buddies which pitchers they think will throw a no-hitter during their careers.
The first couple answers are typical. Your buddies rattle off all the biggest names in the game. Then, your pal across the table speaks up. He's probably had too much to drink at this point, but it doesn't matter. "Jake Arrieta," he says. The table scoffs at him.
"Jake Arrieta," you say, dumbfounded. "The guy with the career 5.23 ERA in the majors?"
"I still believe he'll figure it out someday," your friend replies.